View Full Version : [ubuntu] Booting Ubuntu from a hard drive - problems

November 25th, 2010, 04:54 AM
OK - Trying to install Ubuntu from a hard drive - tried the USB install but the bios does not seem to recognize USB - tried a bootable CD but that didn't work - so now I have a new drive (which works -and has been formatted) copied the bootable files and still doesn't work.
Now I did get the CD to read (From my wife's Dell mini) - but this is a desktop and I could only go so far with it before it froze.
Hardware seems to work. Which exact files do I need to have on the hard drive so that when I plug it in and get the system to boot from the HD that Ubuntu will start loading???
Please help.

November 25th, 2010, 05:24 AM
You said bootable cd have you tried plop.

November 25th, 2010, 07:15 AM
As Wilee says, plop is wonderful for getting old computers to boot USB.

If it doesn't work for you try booting the iso image using grub2:


for automated script:


good luck